What aspects of obesity are associated with comorbidity?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Obesity is associated with a host of potential comorbidities that significantly increase the risk of morbidity and mortality in obese individuals. Although no cause-and-effect relationship has been clearly demonstrated for all of these comorbidities, amelioration of these conditions after substantial weight loss suggests that obesity probably plays an important role in their development. (See Presentation.)

Apart from total body fat mass, the following aspects of obesity have been associated with comorbidity:

  • Fat distribution

  • Waist circumference

  • Age of obesity onset

  • Intra-abdominal pressure


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